February 12, 2001 12:00 PM

Various Artists (RPH)

The impulse of rockers to act is as old as Elvis. And actors have been wailing on record, often to unintended comic effect, ever since Star Trek costars Leonard Nimoy and “William Shatner rocked out on the 1988 camp classic Golden Throats. Luckily, these 11 celebs—including Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Juliette Lewis, Billy Bob Thornton and Johnny Depp—can be forgiven for getting in touch with their inner rockers since they are doing it for charity. (Proceeds go to the Wildlife Way station, an animal sanctuary just north of L.A.) They also are savvy enough to sing mostly original tunes, thus avoiding the mistake made by Robin Williams and others when they ganged up to butcher Beatles songs on 1998’s In My Life. The result, needless to say, was not pretty.

Bottom Line: Vanity fair-to-good

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